Actor Michael C. Hall has won high praise for his "superb" Broadway return in The Realistic Joneses, even though some critics have savaged the dark comedy itself. The Dexter star teamed up with Marisa Tomei, Toni Collette and Tracy Letts to take playwright Will Eno's show to Broadway, after previously winning rave reviews at the Yale Repertory Theatre in Connecticut, but its New York version has failed to wow theatre buffs following its opening night on Sunday (06Apr14).
The play, about the lives of two married couples and neighbours, fell flat with Entertainment Weekly writer Melissa Rose Bernardo, who claims the production is "surprisingly short on plot" and brands the 90-minute show "excruciatingly long", while The Hollywood Reporter's David Rooney muses, "While the play is stuffed with droll wordplay and wry comic observations that hit the mark, you can also feel much of its humor and poetry not quite landing - getting lost in the airy space of a large auditorium."
The New York Daily News' theatre critic Joe Dziemianowicz applauds Sam Gold for his "tight direction", noting that the cast is "natural and convincing", but admits the story fails to develop, stating, "The engine remains stuck in second. Keeping up with these Joneses quickly loses its appeal".
However, the production wasn't all bad - Rooney is a big fan of the all-star cast, singling out Hall for praise in his first Broadway role in 15 years, writing, "Hall has the meatiest role here, and he's superb", and Variety's Marilyn Stasio hails Letts' performance, insisting he "plays crusty-old-guy to perfection".
The Queen star took to the stage at the event in Malta to accept a prize for her contribution to world cinema and she used the opportunity to reference Moreau in her acceptance speech, telling the audience, "Thank you for the great honour of recognising that I too am a f**king w**re - and I am very very proud of it."
Mirren's outburst mirrored a speech by Moreau, who won a similar honour at the 2007 event and proclaimed: "We are the f**king wonderful w**res of European cinema."
The British actress went on to explain her choice of words by listing Moreau among the actresses she has idolised throughout her career, adding, "Jeanne Moreau, Monica Vitti, Claudia Cardinale, Liv Ullmann, Hanna Schygulla, Melina Mercouri, Irene Papas and for me the greatest of all Anna Magnani - those to me were the actresses that I looked up to and and wanted to be like - I wanted to be an actress like them and I wanted to be a woman like them."
During the ceremony, director Bernardo Bertolucci was honoured with a lifetime achievement award, and Michael Haneke's latest movie Amour scooped the event's top prize - the Best European Film of 2012 title.
The moving drama, about an elderly married couple, won the coveted title of Best European Film of 2012 at the 25th annual ceremony, held on the Mediterranean island of Malta.
Amour also won Best Director for Haneke, as well as Best Actor and Actress plaudits for co-stars Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva.
Veteran French star Trintignant appeared via video link to thank the European Academy, while Riva was unable to attend after being struck down with a high fever.
Other big winners included Dame Helen Mirren, who accepted a special trophy for her contribution to world cinema by actor Michael Gambon, and director Bernardo Bertolucci, who was honoured with a lifetime achievement award.
The movie world's highest of high brow event is indubitably Festival de Cannes, the annual French film fest that handpicks the finest works of new cinema to unleash upon the world. From legendary auteurs to first time directors, Cannes is exalted by film buffs as the premiere stage for big screen debuts. If a movie gets into Cannes, it's already earned a level of respect.
That same respect extends to the stars, who flock to the chic festival to walk the red carpet and command audiences with their latest performances. Cannes imbues an actor or actress with immediate cred — especially helpful if for up-and-comers looking for respect. There's a theme of this year's line-up: the new and the old rubbing shoulders, a younger generation ready to step out the door and rise above their goofy franchise roots. Robert Pattinson has teamed with the highly-respected David Cronenberg for the absolutely bonkers-looking Cosmopolis; Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund help Walter Salles (Motorcycle Diaries) bring his long-gestating Kerouac adaptation On the Road to life; Shia LaBeouf drops alien robots for Depression era gangsters and Tom Hardy in Lawless; and Zac Efron stars opposite John Cusack, Matthew McConaughey and Nicole Kidman in The Paperboy, the latest from director Lee Daniels (Precious). The kids, as it seems, are all grown up.
But don't think Cannes has abandoned its A-Listers. Facing off against the Millennials are familiar faces like Brad Pitt (Killing Them Softly), Clive Owen (Hemingway & Gelhorn) and the incredible ensemble assembled for Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, which opens the festival. Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman…Hollywood friendly, but with the unique quirk that only an Anderson film could provide.
Check out the full list of titles, films ready to hook lucky attendees when the festival gets underway May 16.
Rust and Bone - dir. Jacques Audiard
Moonrise Kingdom - dir. Wes Anderson
Holy Motors - dir. Leos Carax
Cosmopolis - dir. David Cronenberg
The Paperboy - dir. Lee Daniels
Killing Them Softly - dir. Andrew Dominik
Reality - dir. Matteo Garrone
Love - dir. Michael Haneke
Lawless - dir. John Hillcoat
In Another Country - dir. Hong Sang So
The Taste of Money - dir. Im Sang So
Like Someone In Love - dir. Abbas Kiarostami
The Angels' Share - dir. Ken Loach
In The Fog - dir. Sergei Loznitsa
Beyond The Hills - dir. Cristian Mungiu
Baad el Mawkeaaa (Apres La Bataille) - dir. Yousry Nasrallah
Mud - dir. Jeff Nichols
You Haven't Seen Anything Yet - dir. Alan Resnais
Post Tenebras Lux - dir. Carlos Reygadas
On The Road - dir. Walter Salles
Paradise: Love - dir. Ulrich Seidl
The Hunt - dir. Thomas Winterberg
Un Certain Regard:
La Playa - dir. Juan Andres Arango
Miss Lovely - dir. Achim Ahluwalia
God's Horses - dir. Nabel Ayouch
Antiviral - dir. Brandon Cronenberg
Trois Mondes - dir. Catherine Corsini
Days In Havana - dir. Benicio Del Toro, Gaspar Noe, Laurence Cantat, et all
Laurence Anyways - dir. Xavier Dolan
Le Grand Soir - dir. Benoit Delepine and Gustave Kervern
Aimer A Perdre La Raison - dir. Joachim LaFosse
Después De Lucia - dir. Michel Franco
Mystery - dir. Lou Ye
Student - dir. Darezhan Omirbayev
La Pirogue - dir. Moussa Toure
Confession Of A Child Of The Century - dir. Sylvie Verheyde
The White Elephant - dir. Pablo Trapero
11:25 The Day He Chose His Own Fate - dir. Koje Wakamatsu
Beasts Of The Southern Wild - dir. Benh Zeitlin
Out of Competition:
Tess - restored by Polanski
Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir - dir. Laurent Bouzereau
Once Upon A Time In America - dir. Sergio Leone
The Central Park Five - dir. Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon
Garbage In The Garden Of Eden - dir. Faith Akin
Les Invisbles - dir. Sebastien Lifschitz
Journal De France - dir. Claudine Nougaret and Raymond Depardon
Dracula 3D - dir. Dario Argento
Madagascar 3 - dir. Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath
Me and You - dir. Bernardo Bertolucci
The Legend Of Love and Sincerity - dir. Takashi Milke
Mekong Hotel - dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Villegas - dir. Gonzalo Tobak
A Musica Segundo Tom Jobim - dir. Nelson Pereira Dos Santos
Hemingway & Gellhorn - dir. Philip Kaufman
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NC-17 is in! Michael Fassbender recently – and repeatedly – went full-frontal in Shame, which perhaps wasn’t all that surprising, as his resume up to that point was largely comprised of edgier art-house fare, with the occasional mainstream project mixed in. But now, with the news that onetime Sexiest Man Alive and full-time PG-13 star Matthew McConaughey’s new movie is not only a non-rom-com but has been slapped with the dreaded NC-17 rating (thanks to a scene reportedly involving oral sex and fried chicken) – well, that changes everything. Who’s next? Tom Cruise?! Oh, wait, he already starred in Eyes Wide Shut, whose uncut version was rated NC-17. Here are some other great movies with not-so-great ratings.
Unrated: heavy sexual themes including depictions of pedophilia Todd Solondz doesn’t much care for commercial success – never less so than with his dramedy Happiness (not to be confused with his “comedy” Fear, Anxiety & Depression), which follows the unhappiness of a large family. Think of it as the anti-Parenthood, which is to say, insanely depraved and really good. Just ask Roger Ebert, who, rather surprisingly – given his status as the most renowned movie critic in the U.S. at the time – gave the movie a perfect four stars and a spot on his year-end top 10 list. The Dreamers NC-17 (later edited for R rating): explicit sexual content If Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Dreamers depicted explicit violence the way it depicted explicit sex, it probably would’ve earned a PG-13 rating stateside. But European films, much like the U.S. ratings board, are cut from a different cloth (graphic violence is actually worse to them than graphic sex; buncha crazies!), and a few scenes were deemed too hot for American audiences, thus preventing loads of people from seeing the Italian auteur’s fascinating drama. At least in theaters. Bad Education NC-17 (later edited for R rating): explicit sexual content One of Pedro Almodovar’s best – and in a way most personal – films, Bad Education is an almost Hitchcockian tale of one man’s childhood catching up with him in ways he could’ve never expected. But with all the gender drama and priesthood bashing, the film just never had a chance at an R rating. A Clockwork Orange X (later edited for R rating): strong sexual content including rape and violence, graphic nudity, disturbing images, and brief strong language By today’s standards … well, it’s still pretty shocking. But when Clockwork originally hit theaters in 1971, it was met with complete and utter outrage, especially in England, where the film is set and was banned for decades ("Don't you bloody blaspheme 'Singin' in the Rain'!"). It was also met, justifiably, with complete and utter praise and four Oscar nominations, and Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece was eventually placed on almost every “Best Movies of All Time” list in existence. Last Tango in Paris X (later edited for R rating): explicit sexual content Perhaps unfairly, the aforementioned Bernardo Bertolucci’s Last Tango in Paris is often remembered for its graphic depiction of sex – particularly the “butter” sequence – and the behind-the-scenes controversies it begat, but the film was ultimately acclaimed by critics, and Marlon Brando and Bertolucci were each nominated for Oscars. Oh, the ‘70s. Requiem for a Dream Unrated (later edited for R rating): intense depiction of drug addiction and graphic sexuality Much of Darren Aronofsky’s breakout movie is an R-rated cautionary-tale masterpiece, but there are a few scenes that anyone – including yours truly – who saw the harrowing film will never be able to remove from their brains: two gruesome medical-procedure sequences and one of the girl-on-girl-sex variety. Those were deal-breakers for the MPAA, earning Requiem, at least initially, the non-rating. Midnight Cowboy X (later edited for R rating): strong sexual content, nudity, some drug use and brief violence The Dustin Hoffman-starring, Jon Voight-introducing drama stands as the only X-rated (so rated because psychologists thought it potentially hazardous to impressionable “youngsters”) film to ever win Best Picture. ‘Nuff said. Oh, and: “I’m walkin’ here.” Y Tu Mama Tambien Unrated: strong sexual content involving teens, drug use and language The undercurrents of political unrest are obviously cool with the MPAA. The almost nonstop sex, though? Notsa much. That’s fine – it’s pretty clear that Alfonso Cuaron’s masterful love(-making)-letter to, uh, coming of age wasn’t intended for mass consumption (unlike Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban a few years later!). At least we know Academy members saw it and loved it. Perverts!
Beyond R (Movies Rated X, NC-17, etc.)
French actress Eva Green will play Daniel Craig's leading lady in his debut James Bond performance.
The 25-year-old will play Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale after a host of screen beauties including Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron and Thandie Newton reportedly snubbed producers.
Green--who appeared opposite Orlando Bloom in Kingdom of Heaven--made her movie debut in 2003 in Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers.
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Schwarzenegger sells $18 million compound
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and wife, Maria Shriver, have sold three properties in their Pacific Palisades residential compound in California, while a fourth lot is in escrow, The Associated Press reports. Los Angeles Times reported Sunday the couple has not lived on the 5.3-acre property, which is valued at about $18 million, since they bought a new home in nearby Brentwood two years ago for about $11.9 million. The four lots in the compound were offered as three separate homes. One of the buyers is Matthew Maxwell Taylor Kennedy, the son of Robert F. Kennedy and a cousin of Shriver, who bought one of the homes for $3.4 million. According to The Times, Schwarzenegger purchased that home, which boasts a pool and tennis court, for Shriver in 2001 as a Valentine's Day gift. The two other homes in the compound were sold as one estate for a reported $7.9 million. So how does Schwarzenegger measure up in his first gubernatorial year in office? The former action star stuck to his promise to avoid new taxes but signed a $105 billion spending package that, like those of past administrations, uses money borrowed through bond sales to help pay this year's bills as well as past years' debts.
Illinois newspaper wants apology from Michael Moore
The Pantagraph newspaper in Bloomington, Ill., is demanding a letter of apology from Fahrenheit 9/11 director Michael Moore and the film's distributor, Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., for using what it calls an altered front page in his documentary. According to the AP, an early scene in the film shows newspaper headlines related to the contested 2000 presidential election, including a shot of Pantagraph's Dec. 19, 2001, front page with the headline: "Latest Florida recount shows Gore won election." The newspaper says that headline didn't appeared on that day but in a Dec. 5, 2001, edition in smaller type above a letter to the editor, which the paper says reflects "only the opinions of the letter writer." The paper is seeking $1 in damages. Neither Lions Gate nor Moore were immediately available for comment Sunday, the AP reports.
Celebs thank Prime Minister Tony Blair
Bono, Jude Law and Bob Geldof are just some of the celebrities that signed an open letter thanking Prime Minister Tony Blair's government for its promise to boost aid to poor countries, the AP reports. "It's unfashionable to congratulate politicians in public but we're going to do it anyway, to say thanks for increasing the funds available to tackle world poverty now and for committing to reach the U.N. aid-giving target by 2013 at the latest," the letter, which was published in Monday's Independent newspaper, said. "Thousands of people campaigned, and you responded, and lives in the poorest parts of the world will be transformed as a result." Others signing the letter included Minnie Driver, Helen Mirren, Roger Moore, Colin Firth and Joseph Fiennes and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.
Little House actor Edwards dies
Character actor Sam Edwards, who made scores of appearances on such TV shows as Gunsmoke, Barnaby Jones and Happy Days, as well as the town banker on Little House on the Prairie, dies Wednesday in Los Angeles after suffering a heart attack, the AP reports. He was 89. Born into a show business family in Macon, Ga., Edwards first appeared on radio with his family in the 1930s. He moved on to TV in the 1950s and worked regularly into the 1980s, appearing on shows such as The Dukes of Hazzard, Wonder Woman, Dragnet and Adam-12. His film credits included Hello, Dolly! and The Postman Always Rings Twice.
Spike TV in The Club
Spike TV is launching The Club, a reality series that will chronicle the goings-on at ICE, a club that is seeking to compete with clubs/casinos on the Las Vegas Strip. As part of the series' storyline, ICE owner Ed Williams will give the club a makeover and bring in D.J. Paul Oakenfold and Hollywood party planner Allison Melnick. Ben Silverman, the show's creator and executive producer, told The Hollywood Reporter the show will also feature the real-life stories of all the clubgoers who come to ICE. "The bachelors, the bachelorettes, the newlyweds--all these great archetypal stories will play out in The Club," he said. The 10-episode series is scheduled to premiere on the men's cable channel Oct. 12 in the 10 p.m. time slot.
Estefan looking forward to retirement
Gloria Estefan, who kicked off her final concert tour in Texas on July 30, said she can't wait to spend more time with her family when it's all over. "Although I feel very energetic and I'm really in great shape, it's like boot camp, being on the road, singing live," Estefan, 46, told the AP. The Cuban-American singer's Live and Re-Wrapped tour wraps Sept. 25 in Miami, where she lives with her husband, producer Emilio Estefan.
Italian actress Laura Betti dies
Italian actress Laura Betti, who worked with many of Italy's best-known directors, died Saturday in Rome, Reuters reports. She was 70. Betti, whose real surname was Trombetti, was a close friend of the late director Pier Paolo Pasolini, who chose her for several of his films, including 1972's Canterbury Tales. The actress also starred in Federico Fellini's classic 1960 dramedy La Dolce Vita and Bernardo Bertolucci's 1972 romance Last Tango in Paris. In 2001, Betti made a documentary about Pasolini, a homosexual who was killed in mysterious circumstances on a beach near Rome in 1975.
CBS prepping disaster miniseries
The disaster miniseries genre is gaining popularity once again, thanks in part to NBC's earthquake saga 10.5, which delivered blockbuster ratings last season. Now CBS is cashing in on the trend with an as-yet-unidentified disaster-themed miniseries the network is quietly putting together for next season. According to The Hollywood Reporter, thesps Brian Dennehy, Dianne Wiest, Randy Quaid, Nancy McKeon and Thomas Gibson are set to star in the untitled miniseries.